Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone
Feeling lucky today?
Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the New Jersey Lottery's $1,000,000 Explosion game.
Your chances of winning the $1 million top prize are Z-E-R-O.
The six top prizes were awarded months ago, but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize available today is $10,000.
State lotteries are coming under renewed criticism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top prizes have been given away. The latest challenge comes from a professor who says ...
Jun 30, 2008, 1:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia man wins $250,000 twice in three months
Lottery lightning strikes twice for Chesterfield man
When he won in the February 22, 2008, Mega Millions drawing, he joked with Virginia Lottery officials, I'll see you next time. Little did he know, there really would be a next time.
Three months later, the same lucky lottery player was back at Lottery headquarters with another Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000.
When asked about his amazing luck, Mr. Branch replied, I really can't explain it!
Mr. Branch matched the first five ...
Jun 6, 2008, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
New Year's Eve lottery raffles from around the USA
In addition to celebrating the new year last night, lottery players from around the United States were checking their raffle tickets to see if they would start 2008 as a new millionaire.
Raffle-style lottery drawings were held in several states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. (Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania drew their raffles a couple days ago.)
Jan 1, 2008, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia man claims lottery raffle prize
Lynchburg has a new millionaire.
Donnie Taylor, a 60-year-old retired graphics technician, has claimed his $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery's latest sweepstakes, the Millionaire Raffle.
(Millionaire Raffle results: http://www.lotterypost.com/va-lottery-raffle-2007-06-14.asp)
He received his full check on Tuesday with 25 percent going to federal taxes and four percent to state taxes, the actual amount paid to Taylor was $710,000.
Some people would say, you know, he won $71 ...
Jun 22, 2007, 2:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner: 'Kind of exciting, I guess'
Dorothy Elliott stays low-key.
She just won the lottery $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. But when the 68-year-old Norfolk resident met with the media this morning at the 7-Eleven store where she bought the fateful Win For Life ticket, she seemed completely unfazed by her good fortune.
When I looked at the numbers in the paper, I had to read them a couple of times to make sure they matched, she said. It was kind of exciting, I guess.
In the Win for Life drawing on June 13, t ...
Jun 20, 2007, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
Citizen, officer expose check lottery scam
After a Virginia resident reported a check lottery scam he received through the mail, Lt. Troy Steele thought he would give the scam artist a call.
Sitting from his desk at the Culpeper Police Department, in front of this reporter, Steele called Patrick La Pierre from HKJC Lotteries to find out what he would need to do to obtain his winnings of $125,000.
The winnings are supposedly from a Hong Kong Lottery but the person taking all phone calls related to the scam has a Canadian area code.
May 22, 2007, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Winning $250,000 lottery ticket to expire Monday
Virginia Lottery officials say time is running out for the person who bought a winning $250,000 ticket in Virginia Beach. That ticket is about to expire.
Someone bought a Mega Millions ticket for the October 17, 2006 drawing at Food Eagle at 2021 Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.
According to Virginia Lottery rules the ticket expires after 180 days, which will occur at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 06-18-20-28-38, and the Mega Ball numb ...
Apr 9, 2007, 6:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery adds Sunday drawings
In an effort to ward off losses to North Carolina, the Virginia Lottery is adding Sunday drawings, starting this weekend.
Competition south of the border will cut into Virginia Lottery profits this year, but new games could limit the losses to North Carolina.
You don't want to sit still and watch that flattening of sales occur, said Sheila Hill-Christian, executive director of the State Lottery Department.
The North Carolina lottery, started last year, could lop profits $50 million, d ...
Jan 5, 2007, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia: How the lottery has helped with your child's education
School days in Virginia most likely begin in a school improved by the Virginia Lottery.
When the lottery began in 1989, the profits went into the general fund.
That changed in 2000 when voters decided by constitutional law that all lottery profits must go to public schools K-12 education.
The recipient of that windfall has been taxpayers. Local governments have received millions over the years.
The sounds you hear behind the old Windsor Woods Elementary School in Virginia Beach are ...
Aug 25, 2006, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Border Stores Take Hit From N.C. Lottery
Now that North Carolina has a lottery, residents with hopes of striking it rich don't have to head north to Virginia to buy tickets, and retail stores just across the line are feeling the effects.
Virginia lottery director Sheila Hill-Christian said the overall decline of 8 to 10 percent was expected. But she said her state's lottery will make changes in games and install state-of-the-art technology that should enable it to make up the loss within two years.
We'll overcome this, she said ...
Aug 11, 2006, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum